Edwards Funeral Home


Billie J. Cluck

2 April, 192925 July, 2020

Billie Jean Cluck, 91, passed away Saturday, June 25th, 2020 in Fort Smith, AR. of natural causes. Born Billie Jean Avants, April 2nd,1929 in North Little Rock, AR, she lived in Oppelo and Booneville, AR, and Muskogee, OK., then most of her life in Fort Smith, AR. She was an active member of Bluff Ave. Baptist Church for many years.

Billie ran a clean, tidy ship in a house full of men. The wife of a veteran, a hairdresser and later retail clerk, she was always moving. Her hands gave perms, snapped life jackets, folded countless slacks, made the best pecan tarts and macaroni and cheese, flipped through hundreds of romance novels and held loved ones hands when it was needed. She was a classic lady and a product of her generation, “The Greatest Generation”. She never left the door without her hair, earrings, and make-up in place. Her own words sum up the inner beauty that matched her outer beauty when she wrote, “We didn’t have much, but we did have love, and that’s all that mattered”.

Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Avants and Julia Evans, her siblings. J.B. Avants, Leoma Vaught and William Avants and her husband Ralph Cluck.

She was survived by her children and spouses, Dr. Darrell Cluck and Pat Cohn, Allen and Cindy Cluck and Dr. Rodney Cluck and Peggy Hughes Cluck, grandchildren Jessica Watkins, Robbie Cluck, Jarrod Cluck and Sadie Cluck and great grandchildren Hallie and Connor Watkins.

There will be a private burial and a Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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Jill Lewandowski

30 July 2020


My thoughts are with you and your family. What a full life she led and what a great mom she must have been.


Jen Bosyk

29 July 2020

I didn’t know Mrs. Cluck but seeing that she never left home without her face on made me laugh out loud. My Grandma, a Texan, was the exact same way! I wanted Rodney and the whole extended family to know how sorry I am to hear of Mrs. Cluck’s passing. If her son is any indication, I can only imagine she was one heck of a lady. May you all find peace and joy in your memories of your mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

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